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Tuesday, 30 November 1976

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! There is no point of order. The Minister is showing where newspaper reports are incorrect in relation to the Press statement he issued.

Mr Bryant - Speaking to that ruling, surely a personal explanation allows a Minister actually to correct words contained in the statement but not to embark upon argument to explain where the statement was wrong or where the Minister was right, if that is feasible.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Wills has been in this House long enough to know that on occasions honourable members and Ministers have claimed to have been misrepresented by statements in newspapers. They have pointed out where reports in the newspapers have misinterpreted their statements. It is on that point that I think the Minister is making the personal explanation at the moment. He is claiming that the newspaper has misrepresented his statement. I call the Minister.

Mr NEWMAN - Let me make the point clear. I am not talking about a Press statement of the Treasurer as the honourable member for Adelaide would imply; I am talking about a statement that I made. The Press reports are misleading and incorrect. The Government and I are confident that the housing industry will maintain a satisfactory level of activity in 1976-77.

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